DevOps Days NYC — Jonathan Reams of MongoDB

January 8, 2014

As I continue in my series of videos from DevOps days NYC a few months ago, here is an interview with Jonathan Reams of MongoDB.

Johnathan is systems engineer on Mongo’s DevOps team and is helping to make MongoDB, the NoSQL non-relational database, more appealing to operations.

Some of the ground Jonathan covers:

  • Mongo’s huMONGOus recent round of funding
  • As a NoSQL database, how is Mongo different from traditional relational databases
  • How does MongoDB compare to other non-relational databases like Couchbase or Basho’s Riak
  • Seeking to widen appeal beyond developers to operations
  • Whats next for Mongo for both developers and ops

Extra-credit reading

  • Military Supply Data Search Tool Uses MongoDB – InformationWeek
  • MongoDB grabs $150M in funding, now top NYC startup at $1.2B valuation – VentureBeat

Pau for now…

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Time Lapse: Building Dell’s Big Data/OpenStack MDC — allowing customers to test at hyper scale

April 1, 2013

Back in September I posted an entry about the Modular Data Center that we set up in the Dell parking lot.  Here is a time lapse video showing the MDC and the location being built out.

The MDC allows customers to test solutions at scale.  It is running OpenStack and various Big Data goodies such as Hadoop, Hbase, Cassandra, MongoDB, Gluster etc…

Customers can tap into the MDC from Dell’s solution centers around the world and do proof of concepts as well competitive bake-offs between various big data technologies so they can determine which might best suit their environment and use case.

Extra-credit reading


SXSW: Our first developer Chill and Chat

March 10, 2012

This is the 26th year of the SXSW (South by Southwest), the annual music, film, and interactive conference.  Everybody whose anybody, and even a few who aren’t, are here.   Yesterday the 10-day event kicked off.  As a company, Dell is a big participant and sponsor from panels, to music lounges, to an entrepreneur’s UnConference, to education, to gaming.

As for the Web|Tech vertical we have taken our own guerrilla approach to participation in this shindig in our own backyard.  Besides going to parties that customers and partners are throwing, Cote and I have organized a series of informal “chill and chat” meet ups for developers and tech types.

Last night we held our first soiree at Opal Divines.  Here is a mini-montage I made featuring a few of the attendees:

I asked the folks to say who they are, where they’re from, who they work for and what they hope to get out of SXSW.

The line-up

Our next events

If you’re around here’s where we’ll be tonight and tomorrow:

  • Saturday, March 10th  7-9:00pm  – Speakeasy – Downstairs (412 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX)
  • Sunday, March 11th 5:30-7:30pm – Hilton Bar (Finn and Porter)  (500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX)

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Hadoop World: NoSQL database MongoDB

November 28, 2011

I’m getting near the end of the interviews that I did while at Hadoop World earlier this month, just one more after this (with Splunk’s CTO and co-founder).

Today’s entry features a talk I had with Nosh Petigara, director of product strategy at 10gen, the company behind MongoDB.

Some of the ground that Nosh covers

  • Who is 10gen and what is MongoDB
  • (0:29) How does Nosh define NoSQL
  • (1:20) What use cases is Mongo best at
  • (2:14) Some examples of customers using Mongo (foursquare, Disney and MTV) and what they’re using it for
  • (3:08) How Mongo and Hadoop work together
  • (4:03) Whats in Mongo’s future that Nosh is excited about

Extra-credit reading

  • Mongo Conference: MongoSV (Dec 9 in Silicon valley)

Pau for now…


OSCON: How foursquare uses MongoDB to manage its data

July 27, 2011

I saw a great talk today here at OSCON Data up in Portland, Oregon.  The talk was Practical Data Storage: MongoDB @ foursquare and was given by foursquare‘s head of server engineering, Harry Heymann.  The talk was particularly impressive since, due to AV issues, Harry had to wing it and go slideless.  (He did post his slides to twitter so folks with access could follow along).

After the talk I grabbed a few minutes with Harry and did the following interview:

Some of the ground Harry covers

  • What is foursquare and how it feeds your data back to you
  • “Software is eating the world”
  • How foursquare  got to MongoDB from MySQL
  • Handling 3400% growth
  • How they use Hadoop for offline data
  • Running on Amazon EC2 and at what point does it make sense to move to their own servers

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


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